Small, outdated kitchen. Under-used formal living and dining rooms. No storage. Sound familiar? Rather than face the upheaval of a move and relocating from a town they loved, this Boston suburb family realized that Design+Build offered a turn-key solution to their problems that was completely cost-effective.


While center entrance colonials usually have a formal living room, often they aren’t useful for today’s families. To make the best use of the space, expert designer Mariette Barsoum completely rearranged the first floor and started by removing the wall between the kitchen and dining rooms to create a spacious, open-concept floor plan.

What was once the formal living area is now an inviting dining room for their large extended family to gather. Meals are easily prepared with double ovens, a larger refrigerator and generous island that is perfect for serving a buffet.


A solid wall at the end of the kitchen now boasts energy-efficient windows, allowing light to spill in from every direction and providing a view of their landscaped back yard. The homeowner’s children often make use of the unexpected seating area near the windows and sit in comfortable upholstered chairs to chat while mom prepares dinner.

A blend of dad’s traditional masculine style and mom’s love of color and details are reflected in the complimentary cabinets and custom range hood. This is “transitional” design at its best.

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"I wanted to send a note thanking you for all the work you did on both my new kitchen and bath. Both rooms came out so much better than Rob and I could have ever imagined."

- N.L. Canton, MA